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GMOA demands vehicle permits every 5 years

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Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday demanded duty free vehicle permits for senior state officers once in five years from the present limit of twice during the entire service period.

GMOA Secretary Nalinda Herath told a media briefing that they had written to President Maithripala Sirisena on this matter.

He said the 2016 Budget had deprived them of obtaining vehicle permits once in five years, a privileged they had enjoyed for several years.

“According to the new circular issued by the Finance Ministry, we are only granted two vehicle permits for the entire service period – the first on the completion of six years and the second after ten years,” Dr. Herath said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 32

  • Roman Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:31 AM

    if i am not mistaken this bunch once threatened that they will leave SL right?? by all means please do the country a favor and leave!!! we dont need your service!!

    pxx Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:44 AM

    Enough is enough.The doctors are acting like supreme to all.

    Rodney Wednesday, 03 August 2016 10:26 AM

    No issue. You have to look after all professionals . Not only doctors. But you need to look at the situation of the country. Take a clue from Cuba .

    Basher Wednesday, 03 August 2016 03:07 PM

    Bring that on, but only for the medical proffesion, I will support it

    Gihan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 04:07 PM

    "cream of the country" the issue is the thickness of the cream.

    Rodney Wednesday, 03 August 2016 05:38 AM

    What kind of parasites are they?

    Andrew Dias Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:01 AM

    This is a very reasonable request. Doctors need reliable vehicles to rush to their private practices from the hospital at about 230 pm (or even earlier) and also to go home safely at night with the day's collection. a vehicle breakdown at night with all that cash is extremely dangerous. we do not wish any harm to befall our doctors who look after the health of us all with dedication adhering strictly to the Hippocrates oath.The general public can travel by bus if and when they come.

    Dinesh Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:21 AM

    You are an insult to the whole profession - which " used to be" noble. Shows nothing but your greed. Pathetic!!

    Citizen Silva Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:31 AM

    Well when GMOA behaves in this manner, I feel like supporting that infamous agreement with India

    Leo Wednesday, 03 August 2016 06:46 AM

    Greed greed greed. The GMOA is an obstacle for development. via DM Android App

    mohamed Wednesday, 03 August 2016 04:56 PM

    This is not reasonable. The always try the citizens for ransom. They are also like other graduates in the Universities. Let us face the reality. They need vehicles let them buy without further adding cost to the Govt. To get them to hospital how much public money is spent on them Say no or permit

    dulan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:01 AM

    Yes do go on strike this is a just demand!

    sss Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:04 AM

    we have had 70 years of medical education and nothing to show for healthcare or biotech industry. Shamelessly these people are using housemaid earned dollars to buy cars dutyfree

    TONY Wednesday, 03 August 2016 05:03 PM


    Don Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:05 AM

    Yes give them permits for locally assembled vehicles. These fellows have become businessmen. via DM Android App

    Priyan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:11 AM

    Why doesnt the Govt tell these medical Terroists to XXXX them selves and stop giving permits to all at tax payers expense

    Park Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:14 AM

    Who the hell these Doctors think they are? They all should be put in their place. President Sirisena should immediately make all medical doctors essential service.

    Wedige Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:21 AM

    You guys are very selfish. Govt. spend lot of money for you to make you all doctors (much higher than other graduates).Once you all (not everybody) work for more than 3-4 years, you also do private practicing and earn lot of money.You all need to be fair asking this kind of unfair demands. I did not find any issue with ONCE, not for once in 5 years.

    sacre blieu Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:27 AM

    There appears to be hardly anyone who cares about the huge debt of the country , which is still in the process of discovery, and the struggle to settle, Many are the opinions about the near bankruptcy that this unprecedented level of debt and, is it an attitude of do not care. The country has lapsed into a strange system of many handouts which a developing country, at this stage, can ill afford. If we do not get our taxes and privileges in a sensible order , the likelihood of us been declared a bankrupt nation is virtually at our doorstep and will lead to collapse. CONSCIOUSNESS ?

    sobers Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:28 AM

    This is ridiculous. What about the other professionals and workers? They seem to take the governments to ransom.

    Bila Lankan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:35 AM

    Stop being SELFISH CRY-BABIES !!! The majority of lower and middle income people in this country make many sacrifices. You don't need a new car every 5 Years. Be willing to sacrifice a little bit of your luxury for the sake of the people and the country. Its the minimum you can do after getting free education from tax-payers money.

    Blair Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:35 AM

    GMOA is trying to dictate terms on every issue.

    Arjuna Ranawana Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:41 AM

    You are doctors or businessmen. You have studied public funds in Govt. medical colleges. Think about before the demanding supper cars.

    Sri Lankan Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:47 AM

    They should be given push bicycles with a public address system like the lottery ticket sellers!!!

    Patrick Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:48 AM

    Why only for Doctors, This Duty free vehicle should be given to entire workers including to the private workers how work generously to this Nation.

    Lakshith Indula Wednesday, 03 August 2016 07:50 AM

    So now they want it once Every Five Years....Do enlighten us with your wish list...Your wish is our command....Tax payers and common man further burdened

    aruna Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:29 AM

    These guy's demand are like ISIS demands. They hold poor people hostage and use that as leverage. Need to fix this system

    willows Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:32 AM

    what a selfish bunch. We need to arrest this situation immediately before it contagious other fields.Bring in docs from outside.

    anton Mcdonald Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:35 AM

    This sacred profession has become a burden to masses in SriLanka. Service oriented doctors are very few. Most of the Doctors reach hospitals breaching the the time schdules after their PP. Government shoud not give in to few unsrupless elements who try to dictate terms. Even the present facility should be restricted

    Bingo Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:40 AM

    Jeez. This forum is full of Doctor haters but want their children to be one of them.No one like working till mid night. Everyone like 8 to 5 work. So how much doctor can earn with ordinary work? Max 50,000. Does it enough for decent living after 7 years of education and training? These people along with Engineers(specially uni of mortuwa and pera) are the cream of the country. SL should do more to keep best and brightest in the country not the other way around.

    Justicai Wednesday, 03 August 2016 08:41 AM

    GMOA - please note that you are NOT the only professionals in Sri Lanka. Just remember all the aids you use for diagnosis and treatment (without which you'll be just dead ducks!) are due to other top professionals (Scientists, Engineers and others). . So please do not beat your drums. Remember " Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." (this quote by C. S. Lewis"

    Roger Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:12 AM

    This this guy has something to say. Does he pay tax for the extras he make. Does he do his 45 hrs weekly. If he wants a car permit every 5 years make it compulsery that he sell it to the state less wear and tare to the price he paid so that these can be given to state sector employees for the same price.My final request is stop the duty free permits to these parasites

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